Francesco Rota Nodari was born in Bergamo (Italy) in 1977. After obtaining the degree in Environmental Engineering in 2002 at Politecnico di Milano, with the specialisation on Soil Defence, began to work at National Research Council in Milan on the analysis of remotely sensed optical images for the study of Alpine glaciers, snow cover variations and mountain environments. He has worked in several projects, funded by European Space Agency, by the Italian Space Agency and by European Community (STREP). He has been co-ordinator of an Italian Project funded by National Institute for Research on Mountain (INRM) on monitoring of Alps coverages from satellite images. He attended national and international masters and schools of specialisation on glaciology and snow analysis. He is an operator of the Italian Glaciological Committee and he is frequently involved in field surveys for glacier measurements and snow testing in the summer and winter season. He studied the assimilation of Earth observation data in hydrological models over Alpine catchments and the influences of climate change in mountainous regions. He also studied other different applications of remotely sensed images focusing on urban, land surface temperature (to estimate the urban heat island) and the analysis of vegetation characteristics thanks to vegetation indexes. His current research activities concern arid land and desert analysis with multispectral and hyperspectral images and anomalies detection.
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